Best source for inexpensive subway tile?

purrusAugust 6, 2014

Hello dear KFers,

I'm shopping for my subway tile backsplash and hoping to find a deal. Is this something I just need to hunt for locally, or are there any leads on a place where I can order them for cheap? Looking for glossy white subway.


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Have you tried Lowes or Home Depot? If I were you, I'd do a google search for glossy white tile and just see what's available locally. You might even have local discount tile stores that sell it for less. Subway tile is so popular now, you can find it many different places. Both Lowes and Home Depot are selling it for under $6.00 a square ft. There may be more flaws in the discounted tile, but you can take damaged tile back, so it's no real loss.

Here is a link that might be useful: Subway tile

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 2:39PM
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Bridget Helm or has some for around 2/sf. You can get a free sample from them. They are by a company called hammersmith. They look great to me and you can't beat the price

The white is a very bright white.

Ours have not yet been Installed. They will prob go up in about 2 months. I'll let you know how it turns out

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 2:41PM
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I got ours from "Floor and Decor" (large chain, you may have one local) for If it's just wall tile - backsplash or bathroom wall - almost anything that's the right color will work.

If it's going in a shower, you want porcelain, but BigBox plain tiles would be just fine.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 3:18PM
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home depot on line. Different stuff then in the store.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 5:45PM
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I used 2x4" subways from HD. They were $2.78/sf. I have used their stock standard size ones too--can't remember the sf price but it was low and the quality was fine. They looked great finished.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 6:04PM
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Believe it or not ... can have some good deals -- if you can score a 10% coupon and use their rewards program (another 8% back with their card) - plus free shipping and no tax - it may be something to consider. We used them for some of our bathroom tile and were pleased as punch.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 8:24PM
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When I was shopping for tile I came across tile by Adex USA which is very reasonably priced. Their Neri series has a good selection of sizes in flat or beveled white subway tiles. IMHO it is nicer than the stock HD and Lowes tile which I found to be pitted and not that great of quality. has good pricing on all tile, carries Adex USA for about $6 sf and you can get samples but have to pay for them. I think you get three for $10 but worth it before ordering. I have posted the link to the Adex tile with all the sizes available. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Adex USA Neri series

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 5:47AM
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Home Depot carries American Olean white subway tile for $0.22 each -- works out to $1.76 a square foot.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 1:40PM
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Correction, the American Olean is carried at Lowes.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 1:50PM
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